- AFRICA: Hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan continued.
- AMERICAS: Peru deployed 1,500 troops to cordon off an area where alleged Shining Path rebels kidnapped 36 gas pipeline workers.
- ASIA: The Philippines withdrew its naval flagship from a standoff with Chinese vessels in the South China Sea.
- EUROPE: Two Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK rebels in the south.
- MIDDLE EAST: Yemen reported at least eight Al Qaeda linked militants were killed near Lawdar.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Justice sued Apple and five large publishers for allegedly conspiring to inflate e-book prices.
- Syria: Ceasefire may have begun
- Activists reported a ceasefire deal brokered by Kofi Annan appeared to be holding, though government forces still have not withdrawn from populated areas.
- The opposition national council called for protests to resume.
- Turkish PM Erdogan stated his country may seek NATO assistance in the event of further border violations by Syrian forces.
- Coverage: AFP, VoA, Al Jazeera, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters
- Region: South Sudan accused the north of launching airstrikes on a disputed border region, as Sudan announced it was mobilizing its army. (Reuters, AFP)
- DR Congo: President Kabila announced the government would serve an arrest warrant for Army General Ntaganda, who is wanted by the ICC. (Reuters)
- Egypt: Finance Minister Saeed said he expected the government to conclude a financing deal with the IMF by 15MAY. (Reuters)
- Mali: Dioncounda Traore was sworn in as interim president, and threatened “total war” against Tuareg rebels in the north. (AP)
- Zimbabwe: President Mugabe returned to the country amid rumors he had suffered a health crisis. (AP)
- Region: Mexican President Calderon made his first official visit to Cuba for talks. (AP)
- Peru: 1,500 troops were deployed to cordon off an area where alleged Shining Path rebels kidnapped 36 gas pipeline workers. (AFP)
- Venezuela: Hugo Chavez returned from medical treatment in Cuba, and said he was “doing well.” (AP)
- Venezuela: Authorities seized 1.2 tons of cocaine and arrested four in Paraguana peninsula. (EFE)
- Region: The Philippines withdrew its naval flagship from a standoff with Chinese vessels in the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Region: Pakistan freed 26 imprisoned Indian fishermen as a “goodwill gesture.” (AFP)
- Afghanistan: During a visit to Kabul, Secretary General Rasmussen reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to the planned withdrawal. (AP)
- Afghanistan: President Karzai stated he was considering calling for early elections. (AP)
- Korea, North: The five-day window for the planned rocket launch opened. (AP)
- Russia: Opposition party “A Just Russia” walked out of parliament following a speech by PM Putin in an apparent snub. (BBC)
- Russia: Gunmen killed a prosecutor in Russia’s North Caucasus. (AP)
- Turkey: Two soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK rebels in the south. (Xinhua)
- Iran: Analysts reported internal divisions within Iran’s government were interfering with its unity in the face of upcoming negotiations on its nuclear program. (WSJ)
- Israel: Palestine rejected a proposal by Israeli PM Netanyahu to start immediate talks without preconditions. (AP)
- Yemen: At least eight Al Qaeda linked militants were killed in clashes with soldiers and government airstrikes near Lawdar. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Digital Media: The US Department of Justice sued Apple and five large publishers for allegedly conspiring to inflate e-book prices. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Gulf of California
- Magnitude: 6.9
- Depth: 10.3 km
- Earthquakes: Gulf of California
- Magnitude: 6.2
- Depth: 10.1 km
- Earthquakes: Michoacan, Mexico
- Magnitude: 6.5
- Depth: 20 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13APR)
- Afghanistan: Polish peacekeeping mission mandate ends.
- Lebanon: Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War – 1975.
- Myanmar: Start of the New Year Water Festival.
- North Korea: Parliament convenes over rocket launch.
- Turkey: G5+1 powers hold nuclear talks on Iran.